Getting Started: Chris Wemyss (Sound Out/Stowed Out Festival)

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Ahead of Off The Record in Galashiels on Saturday 5 December, we spoke to Chris Wemyss from Sound Out/Stowed Out Festival about life in the music business...

Q: How did you get your start in music?

A: I lived in a small village and a guitar was something a row of kids played at primary school assembly. My life changed as a 15 year old at my first proper gig . With my chest pressed against the stage and deafened by a wall of Marshalls played by what seemed like giants towering over me. I was converted. From that moment on I knew that this was something I needed to be involved in. My life as a promoter has been very DIY, working with friends we have hired venues, become licensees so we could run bars at events, done our own printing etc. All of this has slowly evolved to become more professional and grown in to Stowed Out Festival.

Q: What is best thing about your work?

A: Bringing something to people that they have never seen before (and the first time I had crowd surfers at a gig I had put on). 

Q: Give us one tip for anyone looking to work in music

A: In any aspect of working in music, always ask yourself if there is anything you could do better next time.

Off The Record takes place at MacArts, Galashiels on Saturday 5th December for 14-25 year olds. Tickets are £2, and include free lunch and a release with EmuBands worth £25! Find out more & book tickets here.

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